Keto Cheese Sauce

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What's the best way of boosting your diet with healthy fats? Apart from my favourite Hollandaise sauce, I've been making this cheese sauce for several years, although I used to eat it with all sorts of high-carb foods like pasta.

These days I eat it with real food - vegetables, meat, fish and even fried eggs. With 90% of energy from fats, this recipe is perfect for the Fat Fast!

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Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/4 cup)

1 grams 0 grams 5.1 grams 20.6 grams 13.1 grams 203 calories
Total Carbs1.1grams
Fiber0grams
Net Carbs1grams
Protein5.1grams
Fat20.6grams
of which Saturated13.1grams
Calories203kcal
Magnesium and potassiumtrace

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (9.8%), fat (88.2%)

Ingredients (makes about 1 cup/ 4 servings)

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp butter, preferably grass-fed (28 g / 1 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or hard goat cheese (60 g / 2.1 oz)
  • pinch salt if needed (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 1-2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down
Optional seasonings (use some or combine):
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2-4 tbsp freshly chopped herbs of choice
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Instructions

  1. Place the cream and butter into a small sauce pan and gently heat up. Grate the cheddar cheese and keep aside. (photos shown are for 8 servings - double the recipe)
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  2. Once heated, add the cream cheese into the sauce pan. Keto Cheese Sauce
  3. Stir until melted and bring to a simmer. Once you see bubbles, take off the heat. Keto Cheese Sauce
  4. Add grated cheddar cheese and... Keto Cheese Sauce
  5. ... mix until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for 3-5 more minutes while stirring. If too thick, add a splash of water or cream. Keto Cheese Sauce
  6. Serve over steamed vegetables, fish and meat! If you can't use the whole recipe, only make one serving. The sauce should be eaten immediately or kept at room temperature before serving. Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps which you want to avoid. Keto Cheese Sauce
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (113)

LOVE this sauce!!!  So easy and awesome on veggies.  Cut out carbs/sugar earlier in the year and have dropped 40 pounds. Have never felt better.  Thanks for a decadent cheese sauce that doesn't make me feel deprived.

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Thank you Kim!

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I love this sauce I use parmason cheese its great on stakes with shrimp
But I always get 3/4 cup every time  without watering it down  is this normal?

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Thank you Bryan! It is closer to 3/4 cup if you don't use any water. I usually add 1-2 tablespoons of water so mine is almost a cup.

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Hubby and I absolutely love this cheese sauce! A keeper for sure. 😊 Thank you!

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Thank you Leanne!

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"Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps"
Have you tried using sodium citrate in your cheese sauce?  I've been amazed at how well that works to create a smooth sauce that easily reheats without separating.

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Thank you Catherine, I have not (yet) but I'm intrigued!!

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This was very tasty. I added paprika as the optional seasoning. I also added a Tbl of water to thin it out a bit. Very nice.

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I just bought a pint of half & half, would that substitute well for the heavy whipping cream or not ???

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Yes, that will work! If it's too thin just cook it for a couple more minutes 😊

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This is delicious. Do you think I could make it in a crockpot to make queso dip? I would only have to add hamburger, peppers and tomatoes.

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Hi Amber, I think that may work but I would be worried about splitting which may happen with dairy. I generally add dairy to any slow-cooked meals at the end of the cooking process to avoid curdling/splitting.

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Just made the cheese sauce Pretty good
I will mostly certainly will be making this again.
Quick and very easy to make- Thank you

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this was amazing over my broccoli 😋

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That cheese sauce is amazing, a total winner - thanks so much
Cheers Jules

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I made this cheese sauce I had it with salmon fillets & broccoli, I used extra mature cheddar & I just drizzled the sauce over broccoli & salmon rather than poured it over as it was quite sickly.

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the sauce is awesome I eat it with almost everything!

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Great!!!  Came together so quickly and was perfect with our vegetable and steak dinner.  Thank you!!

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Thanks so much. It turned out great.

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Awesome sauce.  And, I've been able to reheat in the microwave over veggies just fine.  Keep up the good work!

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Just made this and my family loves it!!! You rock!!  Way better than Velveeta!!

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Can the cheese sauce be used in phase of a bechamel in lasagna?

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Great thinking! I don't see why not! 😊

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Good day I have just started banting and need all the help I can get. I do not live in the city but on a very small village in the Kalahari . It is very difficult to get aal the banting products our nearest big sentra is 180km from us.
I would like to follow you and see all the easy recipes.

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Your sauce is delicious.
Made it for broccoli and ended up putting it on my prime rib.
Substituted garlic powder for minced garlic.
Might substitute any garlic for horseradish.
Making it again tomorrow.
#NSNG no sugars no grains and cutting out processed food is the way to go. I've never felt better and haven't enjoyed food this much.
thanks for the delicious recipe

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Thank you for the tips, I'm glad you like it!

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Third time an making this amazing sauce. I don't use any water to thin it nor put any spices other than salt. I put it in the fridge all the time since I double the ingredients and it lasts me a week. I pour on top of my meal and heat in the microwave. Still delicious and does not separate. Love this cheese sauce!!!!!

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Thank you for your kind words!

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Thank you for such easy to follow, picture-guided recipes! The fact that you even state how many serves you made up for the images helps heaps, as a lot of the time people get disappointed when what they cook doesn't look as large/the same as the photos off the site. Also, a huge thank you for having every form of measurement available on each recipe - Diet doctor does my head in when I try to use the metric system on their site (changes dry weights to mLs, which doesn't really help us).

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Thank you so much Susie!!

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This recipe is fantastic.  Just recently started doing a keto diet, and this has been SUCH a lifesaver.
Has anyone tried making a large batch in a slow cooker?  Does it work well?  Do you have any advice for someone contemplating such an endeavor?
I need to make a cheese sauce for nachos for a half-dozen people, and I loathe Velveeta.
Any advice or commentary is appreciated!

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Thank you Joe! What an interesting idea! I haven't tried that but would love to hear your thoughts if you do 😊 I've tried soups, chai jam and desserts but I never tried making the sauce. I'm not sure if the sauce would need to be stirred - which is not possible with most crockpots.

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Can you freeze this sauce?

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I don't think so - I wouldn't freeze it.

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Thanks for this delicious and quick to make recipe. Added in a little extra cream as you suggested to thin it out, and used 30g grated cheddar/ 30g sriracha flavoured cheddar to give it a bit of kick. Overall, very tasty. 😊

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I've been looking for this sauce...i want to pour it over my scrambled eggs so i can fool myself that i am having mac and cheese.
Thank you.

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I HOWLED!!! (might make a pretty good mac n cheese)

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